Moroccan defender, Achraf Hakimi, says he’s optimistic the team can pull a shock against Spain in Tuesday’s 2022 World Cup round of 16.
According to Hakimi, Morocco ‘deserves respect’ after overcoming Belgium to top their group.
Speaking ahead of Morocco’s clash with Spain, the Paris Saint-Germain said (via Sport): “We were first in the group, and I think we already deserve a little respect. I think Spain knows it, and they’ve to be a little afraid of us.
“They have to be afraid of us, the truth. And why not give the surprise again?”
He continued: “The coach has transmitted a winning mentality to us, and it doesn’t matter who comes, we’ve to play our game, in the we are in lines”.
Style of play
Upon signing for Borussia Dortmund, Hakimi was profiled as a quick, dynamic and powerful right-sided attacking full-back or wing-back, who is tactically and technically adept and capable of playing long accurate passes from defence. Trained as a winger, he can also play as a defender due to his physical presence. He is considered by several pundits to be one of the best defenders and right-backs in world football.
Hakimi is married to Spanish actress Hiba Abouk; she is of Libyan and Tunisian descent. The couple have 2 sons, born in 2020 and 2022. He is a devout Muslim.